Formed in 1967, Aspen Valley Land Trust is Colorado's oldest land trust. We serve the the greater Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys by permanently preserving scenic open space, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and recreational areas. AVLT also maintains an emphasis on providing technical assistance to families and landowners who wish to preserve their land. Colorado's oldest land trust has evolved over the past 40 plus years to meet the changing needs of the growing conservation movement. AVLT began as the Parks Association, formed in 1966 by a group of citizens led by John Doremus, Eve Homeyer and Francis Whitaker, interested in preserving the natural environment of Aspen and Pitkin County. At the same time, the Parks Association established a separate legal entity, Park Trust, Ltd., in order to receive and manage gifts of land. During the Parks Association's first decade it was very active in acquiring and improving parks in the City of Aspen. Parks acquired during this period include Ute Park (Aspen Alps), Glory Hole Park, Freddie Fisher Park, Stein Park and Triangle/Bavaria (Iselin) Park. The Association instituted a city-wide clean up campaign, and began an Arbor Day tradition of tree planting by planting 50 trees along Main Street in Aspen. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, the Parks Association devoted most of its energies towards the development of the Aspen and Pitkin County trails system. During this period, Hal Clark, former planner for Pitkin County, was named the Association's first executive director. The Parks Association helped construct many trails including sections of the Roaring Fork Trail and the Ajax Trail along Ute Avenue. It was also instrumental in convincing the Forest Service to purchase the lower Hunter Creek Valley; helping Pitkin County and the Nature Conservancy purchase the North Star Ranch; and in establishing a City-County Open Space Advisory Board.In 1981, the Association accepted its first conservation easement donation on the Flying Dog Ranch above Carbondale from George Stranahan. In the late 1980s, the Parks Association funded and successfully ran the campaign to create an open space tax in Pitkin County. With public funding available to purchase land and easements, the Park's board had to reassess the role of a non-profit conservation group.
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